My life is starting to even out. And while I’m happy about this, a peaceful, comfortable life doesn’t offer as…
“I’m absolutely starving,” my wife says, digging through her purse for something as I walk into the kitchen, clearing my…
By John deVille • Guest Columnist This is a letter I sent to Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. Macon County Schools, Haywood…
That feeling in the pit of my stomach is familiar. I imagine it’s something like what people with ulcers feel…
By Martin A. Dyckman • Guest Columnist Americans are asking why we now have a president whom they wouldn’t trust to…
In last week’s edition of The Smoky Mountain News we published articles about positive political and economic signs in two…
I have a tattoo on the inside of my right wrist that says, “Everything ahead of me.” I got it…
As the new year dawns and I take account of everything that’s happened in the past 12 months, it’s Donald…
By David Belcher • Guest columnist I had the privilege of presiding over Western Carolina University’s Dec. 16 commencement ceremonies…
In this holiday season, I have much to be thankful for. At least that’s the way I see it, though…
By Buffy Queen • Guest Columnist “Sexual violence is a societal issue that requires systemic change. Sexual violence does not occur…
“It’s exciting to think about what Haywood County could be. The desire is there.” — Buddy Melton, fiddler/singer, Balsam Range…
I don’t like following crowds and have a naturally occurring cynicism of trends. That said, there’s one holiday promotional movement…
Lightning. It’s a yellow, 20-ounce Vaughn framing hammer with one of the claws broken that I’ve owned for about 34…
Asheville is red hot in more ways than I can list here. Pick up a travel magazine, visit an outdoor…
Local politics in Western North Carolina have long been dominated by the good ole boys. But like they say about…
“A lie can run around the world before the truth has its boots on.” That’s one of the few quotes…
By William Everett • Guest Columnist Garret Woodward’s Opinion piece “After tragedy in Vegas, where to from here?” (Oct. 4-10) leads…
Something newspaper editors never say: “I wish that fewer people responded to that piece in last week’s paper.” Well, thanks…
I’ve never shot a gun. Nope. Not once. I come from a family of gun owners. I’ve held plenty of…
This is what it means to be an American. I’m talking about NFL players and coaches and owners uniting to…
Some things we know, but when someone lays out the numbers and reveals in specific numbers how the big picture…
The computer stares back, unblinking. Deadline is approaching and I’m fighting to hone in on a topic for my column.…
As President Trump’s administration continues to descend further into chaos with each passing week, there are a few truths that…
During the 1970s, my dad spent some time in prison. For over three years, he taught GED prep classes at…
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” — Nobel prize winning author William Faulkner This oft-trotted out line from…
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”…
Prayer as part of government meetings has a long — and often contentious — history in this country, and a…
My mom loved fresh flowers. It was a fun routine for my dad, sister and I to pick up a…
We got to the stop sign at the bottom of our mountain in our fully loaded truck — bikes, camping…
I’ve known Ted Carr many years, and he is not a liar. That charge has been leveled against him by…
The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus says there could be a government shutdown if money isn’t included in…
As I sit to write a day before Independence Day, it seems I keep hearing voices questioning whether the shared…
It’s a Saturday night in Sparta, and the three sisters — all of them widows — are heading off to…
The opening of the new BearWaters Brewing in Canton is a great shot in the arm for one of most…
My dad’s been dead about 15 years now, and there’s still no fuzzy, larger-than-life, exaggerated memories that pop into my…
North Carolina’s efforts to change the elections process to help keep its GOP majorities in office have been declared illegal…
By Martin Dyckman • Guest Columnist The people of North Carolina won a nationally significant victory in the Supreme Court last…
Who runs the U.S.? We’ve always known that money and politics go hand in hand, but these days that seems…
Martin A. Dyckman • Guest Columnist A hero is, almost by definition, someone who didn’t set out to be one.…
When I read about Wicked Weed Brewing getting bought by AB InBev (formerly Budweiser) — one of the world’s largest…
At some point in the future, here’s something you might never hear again: “I was born in Franklin.” Look no…
At 37, I’m still sorting out what I want to be when I grow up.  When I was 8, I…
“The ONLY thing is, we don’t have to go all the way to Adam’s Creek,” my wife Lori said. We…
Sorry Haywood County citizens and others in the western part of the state, the most grassroots and local ballots you…
Where’s Mark? As in Rep. Mark Meadows, our Republican congressman who reportedly represents the rural and economically challenged residents of…
I found them in the corner of the basement, hidden like Easter Eggs underneath a blue tarp which was itself…
Since it is, after all, the Haywood County School Board, I can only hope they’ve learned a lesson. Last week…
He’s a respected member of the community, a physician, and we ran into each other unexpectedly.  “I really have to…
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